During less wet spells, I have to get out for a little fresh air, maybe watch a few birds, and look for anything of interest in the garden, keeping as ever to the path and stepping stones.
It was a bit tough choosing a suitable six but if the Propagator and a few others say join us...then its up to me to decided whether I join them, or just peer into their gardening minds. I shall be off to do that of course at : https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/six-on-saturday-14-12-2019/
It is the low time too for many of the plants in the garden. Androsace sarmentosa Watkinsii is looking quite different with its outer leaves deteriorating and its central cluster 'pouting', all the better I think to shed all the rain. Its newer leaves are smaller and tightly packed together, and being covered with short white hairs remind me of the cobweb houseleeks: . The older leaves are turning bronze and will rot off before the newer leaves expand, with the plant changing character once more in readiness for flowering, and thereafter making more runners.
|Androsace sarmentosa Watkinsii winter phase|
This is the first winter for the Cyclamen coum in the Conservatory bed. I have some of my specials coums coming up already with the flower stems poised at soil level. In the meantime their patterned leaves stand out. Next week I shall carefully remove some of the leaves shed from other shrubs and locate and rewrite any labels that have deteriorated. I use black labels with silver pen, and they are not always easy to locate.
|Pure White Albino Cyclamen coum George Bisson|
|Pewter leaved Cyclamen coum 'Tilebarn Elizabeth'|
|Cyclamen coum Album|
My one outdoor watering can is destined for the metal recycling bin. Its has worked for me over several gardens and many years: leaks have been sprouting and the bracing has become detached. I must remember to keep the rose back as it is nice and fine.
The shed shelf is currently hosting three interesting pots in which 'volunteer' ferns where planted. The ferns just 'appeared' in my last garden. Maybe one of our SOS fern specialists will be able to identify this probably native fern. The pots found and given to me by Penny.
Some colour from early flowering red 'heritage' polyanthus, divided and moved just a few months ago, this was is an 'unnamed' variety bought from The Vyne. I put up some pictures of this on my very first post of SOS, when it was flowering its socks off in March this year. Sadly the silver laced polyanthus flowers seems to have the best tasting flowers for a nibbling creature as yet unseen.
This week has continued with failed calls and frustrating emails regarding the little problem I mentioned last week. Thanks for the feedback and support last Saturday from fellow SOSs, it has helped me to keep on and find a resolution. After Jim's valued confirmation of my suspicions regarding the Blackberry, my sleuthing led to the company who controls the rights of propagation and their Technical Consultant was able to supply photographs as evidence, which I forwarded to Chris Bowers. The MEIOSIS site also gives a list of licensed propagators which I shall consult and use when ordering a replacement. CB have now refunded me. I now need to banish any bad feelings, and approach new orders with other growers and nurseries with confidence.